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One With No-Thing-Ness

There are two types of egos, one ‘ripe’ and the other ‘unripe’. “Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. “This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

 

Ripe Ego is content to be “One With No-Thing-Ness”

 

Unripe Ego IS (exists) through:

Identification With Things

Separation From Things

Now let the awareness of the tension that this “Identification With Things-Separation From Things” causes in the subconscious mind come into your consciousness.

The IS-ness of Unripe Ego is created by:

Indoctrination – The humans around me have a tremendous drive to train me to believe as they believe; religion, culture, education, …etc. are created to indoctrinate me with things to believe.

Separateness – One of the first lessons that everyone tries to teach me is that I am separate from all the other things with physical existence.

Image – I am taught that my body is fat or thin, my hair is straight or curly; basically I am different. So I need things like haircuts, clothes, cars, houses, …etc. to enhance my image.

Superiority – If I am fortunate to be born strong, intelligent, or rich I feel that I am better than those who have less.

Inferiority – If I am not born strong, intelligent, or rich I feel that I am less than those who have more.

Sameness – Even though I believe that I am separate I have a great need to be a part of a community and this requires a level of sameness with others. Talk about internal conflict.

Inimicalness – The community that I choose to share some sameness with will have a tendency to be unfriendly or even hostile to members of other communities.

Self-concept – a collection of beliefs about oneself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?” This came from a search for Ego From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I think that you are starting to get the theme of this essay.

Unripe Ego always needs to be right.

How do I stop expressing Unripe Ego?

The answer is contained in understanding: Self-concept – a collection of beliefs about oneself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”

Belief From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia –

A belief is an attitude that something is the case, or that some proposition about the world is true. In epistemology, philosophers use the term “belief” to refer to attitudes about the world which can be either true or false. To believe something is to take it to be true; for instance, to believe that snow is white is comparable to accepting the truth of the proposition “snow is white”. However, holding a belief does not require active introspection. For example, few carefully consider whether or not the sun will rise tomorrow, simply assuming that it will. Moreover, beliefs need not be occurrent (e.g. a person actively thinking “snow is white”), but can instead be dispositional (e.g. a person who if asked about the color of snow would assert “snow is white”).

– Belief From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

attitude
a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.
“she took a tough attitude toward other people’s indulgences”

proposition
1. a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion.
“the proposition that all men are created equal”
Similar: theory hypothesis thesis argument premise postulation theorem concept idea statement
2. a suggested scheme or plan of action, especially in a business context.
“a detailed investment proposition”

So am I a collection of beliefs about myself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”

Let this sink in –

A belief is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something that is the case; or a statement or assertion that expresses a judgment or opinion about the world that is true.

– Let this sink in

After reading that statement does this statement take on more meaning “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up.”

So, I ask again, am I a collection of beliefs about myself that embodies the answer to “Who am I?”

If this is the best advice that the physical world can give to help me answer the question “Who am I?” I am totally underwhelmed!

Sounds like a major trash collection of the mind is required!

Quote –

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/the-ins-and-outs-of-awareness/
Emptying the mind is removing all the beliefs that tend to try to fix time and space (permanence) in our process of life; to release what’s taking precious space in your mind and heart that’s not serving you or limiting your growth.

– Quote

I am the process of LIFE that is living me. I am a wonderful physical instrument that LIFE uses to record what I see, hear, feel, smell, and taste in the world around me. In addition I have an amazing mind that processes all the sensory input coming in from the world around me and adds feelings, emotions, and values to the memory files that are stored away.

So with this wonderful physical instrument of LIFE that is living me; Ego is only my way of expressing my individual physical existence; I can nevertheless express it in “ripe” or “unripe” ways.

“Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Ripe Ego is content to be “One With No-Thing-Ness”

“This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Unripe Ego is always craving things; an addiction that can never be satisfied.

So how do I want to express my individual physical existence?

Ripe Ego or Unripe Ego?

 

OWL

One With Life

One of the biggest lies I tell myself is “I live my life”.

When I examined the lie “I” realized “LIFE lives me”.

“I” do not breathe; “I” do not circulate blood, “I” do not digest; LIFE does these for “me”.

“I” can only be aware of the processes of LIFE when “I” pay attention to them.

The “I” referenced is the ego.

There are two types of egos, one ‘ripe’ and the other ‘unripe’. “Nothing is mine, whatever I see or feel, or hear, nay, even this body itself, is not mine; I am always eternal, free and all-knowing,”―such ideas arise from the ‘ripe’ ego. “This is my house, this is my child, this is my wife, this is my body,”―thoughts of this kind are the manifestation of the ‘unripe’ ego. – Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna

Ego is only my way of expressing my individual physical existence; I can nevertheless express it in “ripe” or “unripe” ways.

Ego is only a pattern of energy that I create to express my individual physical existence.

Alter-egos are negative patterns of energy that I create to express specific negative energy. The largest alter-ego I have examined in me is the PAIN pattern. The purpose of the PAIN pattern is to give and receive PAIN; even the law of compensation (give-receive) can be distorted to negative purposes.

Other negative patterns of energy that I create: resentment, inferiority, superiority, guilt, shame, …etc.; the purpose of each negative energy pattern is to give and receive that negative energy.

I am finding that practicing “being in the present moment” encourages “ripe” expressions and discourages “unripe” expressions. The opposite is also true.

There is one word that best describes “being in the present moment” and that is awareness.

I practice placing my awareness in my breath, in my hands, in my feet, …etc. After I can “sense” a tingling of presence in an area of my body I then imagine light, heat, heaviness, …etc. immerse the area; this makes a wonderful meditative practice. I can also use my imagination to envision PAIN I am experiencing as a dark entity that I move outside of myself and return it to the earth; the final destination of my physical form.

A sure way of “being in the present moment” is by placing my awareness in any part of my body. The Life that lives me only resides in the present moment; so I come back to the present moment; so I bring my awareness back to the body.

Three modalities of awakened action while “being in the present moment” :

1. Acceptance – of those things that cause negative emotions and unhappiness to arise in me. The things I cannot do with Enjoyment or Enthusiasm I must learn to Accept.

Matthew 5:25-26  Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him on the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. Most certainly I tell you, you shall by no means get out of there, until you have paid the last penny.

Agree comes from two Greek words meaning:
First – give thyself wholly to; I exist (used only when emphatic)
Second – to be well minded, that is, reconcile

Adversary comes from a Greek word meaning:
An opponent (in a lawsuit)- adversary; which is a compound of two other Greek words meaning opposite and right or justice.

Remember an adversarial emotion or feeling is always inside the person doing the experiencing.
Jesus wasn’t just talking about how to handle myself in a court proceeding; but how to live an abundant life. This is a lesson about what I experience within.
My definition of Acceptance – to give myself wholly to; I exist with so that I might be well minded or reconciled toward.

2. Enjoyment – doing those things that bring joy while consciously performed.

When I am in this modality I find that the ego can only appear momentarily and if I do not let it interrupt my action the joy drives it away.

3. Enthusiasm – doing those things that bring intense and eager enjoyment while consciously performed. The word was originally used to refer to a person possessed by God; inspired.

When I am in this modality I find that the more intensity and eagerness with which I enjoy the action the less any small fragments of the ego can even flash across my awareness.

Being “One With Life” goes deeper than you can ever think.

The Ins And Outs Of Awareness

Pay attention to awareness

Definition of pay
1. to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting – pay attention – pay your respects
2. to slacken (something, such as a rope) and allow to run out —used with out
paid out the rope as it jerked taut
– All the other definitions have to do with the exchange of money in various ways

Definition of attention
1a: the act or state of applying the mind to something
Our attention was on the game.
You should pay attention to what she says.
b: a condition of readiness for such attention involving especially a selective narrowing or focusing of consciousness and receptivity
Students, do I have your attention?
2: OBSERVATION, NOTICE especially : consideration with a view to action
a problem requiring prompt attention

We can not learn without paying attention.
We can not teach someone else without paying attention to him/her.

I believe that I am always dreaming; waking or sleeping.

Waking dreaming has a frame of perception that forces it to be limited; my subconscious mind is ravenously devouring the input from my five sense and creating a virtual reality based on my paradigm and sensual input. I can affect my waking dreaming with conscious directions.

Sleeping dreaming has no frame and is limitless; my subconscious mind with very limited input from my five senses is ravenously and randomly replaying a virtual reality based on my paradigm and past experiences. I can affect my sleeping dreaming to a limited degree if I hold a thought in mind while falling asleep.

First, I want to look at my normal (chaotic) awareness of the outside world.

The frame is my paradigm, my way of viewing reality; but this can also be over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind.

For an understanding of paradigm as a way to view reality see:
http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/paradigm-shift/

My Subconscious Mind: Habitual, Monitors Body Operations, Thinks Literally, Long Term Memory ~ past experiences – attitudes – values -beliefs, Timeless ~ Present Time Only, Expanded Processing Capacity ~ Thousands of events at a time, Averages 4 BILLION bits of information per second.

I also believe my subconscious mind is able to contact Complete Collective Consciousness; the Unifed Field (Quantum Physics Theory) or Akashic Records (Theory) science or religion if you will.

In normal awareness I am not paying attention and so my subconscious mind is monitoring all the random input that is coming in through my five senses; thousands of events at a time at an average rate of 4 BILLION bits of information per second. Just think all of this happening and I am barely cognizant of most of it.

As is apparent from its processing capacity alone, the subconscious mind plays an important part in my life and represents a major opportunity for accessing and changing old habits of thinking and behaving.

Just to give you an idea of what it is processing from just one sense, light enters my two eyes and projects an image upside down on the retina of each eye. Now these images are a pattern of dots, like the pictures in a newspaper. My subconscious mind takes these two images combines them together, fills in the spaces between the dots, and creates a movie (virtual reality) right side up of what I have seen. At the same time it is scanning the image for things it has experienced before and files the information based on; attitudes – values -beliefs (my paradigm) , or over-ridden by random thoughts in my conscious mind, interfacing with past experiences.

If a movie or film displays at least 30 frames per second my subconscious mind will convert it to a continuous display.

What a marvelous instrument I am!

Most people are stunned to learn that most of our behavioral and thought patterns are directed by the subconscious mind, not the conscious. In fact, according to Emmanuel Donchin, director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Psychophysiology at the University of Illinois, As much as 99 percent of cognitive activity may be nonconscious. The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously reacting to life rather than consciously creating it.

Second, I want to look at meditative; considered thought (ordered) awareness of the inside world.

From the dictionary: meditative of, involving, or absorbed in meditation or considered thought. Who would have thought that the dictionary was a scriptural text?

Below is the Japanese pictogram meaning consider.

For a complete post of just the word consider see:
http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/consider/

Calming the mind vs emptying the mind.

Calming the mind is considered thought.

Emptying the mind is removing all the beliefs that tend to try to fix time and space (permanence) in our process of life; to release what’s taking precious space in your mind and heart that’s not serving you or limiting your growth.

There is a great fable told by Tom Brown Jr. in his book Awakening Spirits.
Here is a shortened version:

A long time ago… a man captured a sorceror and made him grant a wish. He wished a for a demon that would do as he asked. The sorceror said that the man would have to keep the demon busy or it would grow and consume him. The man said “no problem!” and the sorceror vanished. Then the demon appeared, about the size of a football. The man tried to keep the demon busy with tasks. He asked the demon to clean up his house. A minute later the demon returned and said “it is done” and grew to the size of the man. He asked the demon to prepare a feast for his friends. The demon returned a few seconds later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of grizzly bear. He asked the demon to build a new house on the mountain. The demon returned a second later and said “it is done” and grew to the size of his living room. As the tasks got more elaborate the demon simply returned sooner and said “it is done” and each time he returned he got larger and larger. The man went running out of his house, managed to outsmart the demon and finally came upon a shaman and told him of his predicament. The shaman said, “Give the demon this hair.” and he handed the man a piece of curly hair. “Ask him to straighten it.” The shaman disappeared and the demon appeared, larger and more fierce than ever. “What is your bidding?” The man cringed and handed him the hair and asked him to straighten it. The demon laughed. But as the demon found out, he couldn’t straighten it. As he tried, he got smaller and smaller. Any time the man wanted the demon to do something, he asked for the hair back and asked the demon to do what he wanted. Then he handed the hair back to the demon.

The hair (considered thought) is a tool that can be used to calm the conscious mind (demon) so that it can bring order to the subconscious mind. Hairs include chants, prayers, songs, visualizations, meditations, songs and religious rituals. Hairs can help you enter meditation. A true master will transcend all hairs as Jesus (or Buddha or Lao Tzu, etc…) were able to do.

My Conscious Mind: Volitional, Sets Goals~Judges Results, Thinks Abstractly, Short Term Memory ~ Approx. 20 seconds, Time Bound ~ Past & Future, Limited Processing Capacity ~ 1 to 3 events at a time, Averages about 40 bits of information per second.

When I compared this processing to the subconscious mind it looked really weak except for the fact that my conscious mind can direct my subconscious mind. I hope you are seeing just how important the conscious mind really is. It can be the director of the movie (virtual reality) of my life!

With meditative (considered thought) awareness I am viewing what I am experiencing within me rather than just what is happening outside of me.
Review the Japanese pictogram meaning consider above. With considered thought I can choose to review the movie of my life as it is happening. I can choose what scenes and scripts are the ones I want to emphasize. With a moving meditation my movie becomes a living dynamic thing done on the fly. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.

Unfortunately each one of us has our own perceptions of oneself, the world around us, and of “Spirit”; so I can not give any specific advice about how to direct the movie of your life. What is most important in my life is what I experience within; each one of us has a unique path that only oneself can traverse.

Reflect on this:
It is possible for me to be the director of the movie of my life. With considered thought and visualization I can also review any experience (scene) in my movie and do a remake.

How Can I Keep From Singing

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” (also known by its incipit “My Life Flows On in Endless Song”) is an American folksong originally composed as a Christian hymn by American Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry. The song is frequently, though erroneously, cited as a traditional Quaker or Shaker hymn. The original composition has now entered into the public domain, and appears in several hymnals and song collections, both in its original form and with a revised text that omits most of the explicitly Christian content and adds a verse about solidarity in the face of oppression.

Leave it to the Irish to make a good inspiring song from it.

Celtic Woman “How Can I Keep From Singing”

Lyrics

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth’s lamentations
I hear the trumpets sounding strong
That hails a new creation

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it’s music ringing
It ever echoes in my life
How can I keep from singing?

And though the shadows gather round
The endless song it giveth
My strength within and joy unbound
The world of truth it liveth

Though dark the night and long the road
I hear the music ringing
And with such power and grace bestowed
How can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to this rock I’m clinging
How can I ever come to harm?
How can I keep from singing?

Then sings my soul with love profound
A fountain ever springing
Deep from the earth, how sweet the sound
How can I keep from singing?

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: R. Lowry / Wayland Rodgers
How Can I Keep From Singing lyrics © Figs D Music, Rathmines Music Limited

How Can I Keep From Singing
The song received new prominence in 1991 when Irish musician Enya released a recording of the hymn on her album Shepherd Moons. Enya’s version follows Pete Seeger’s replacement of some more overtly Christian lines, for example: “What tho’ my joys and comforts die? The Lord my Saviour liveth” became “What tho’ the tempest ’round me roars, I hear the truth it liveth.”

How Can I Keep From Singing Enya – Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin

Lyrics

My life goes on in endless song
Above earth´s lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear its music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
And though the darkness ’round me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I´m clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble in their fear
And hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging,
When friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Eithne Ni Bhraonain / Nicky Ryan / Roma Ryan
How Can I Keep From Singing lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

You Raise Me Up

You Raise Me Up

Secret Garden

Featuring Brian Kennedy
Produced by Fionnuala Sherry & Rolf Løvland
Album Once in a Red Moon

You Raise Me Up *The First and Original Version* by Secret Garden

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vdkqeshXJM

“You Raise Me Up” is a song originally composed by the Norwegian-Irish duo Secret Garden. The music was written by Secret Garden’s Rolf Løvland, and the lyrics by Brendan Graham.

The song was originally composed as an instrumental piece and titled “Silent Story”. Løvland later approached Irish novelist and songwriter Brendan Graham to write the lyrics to his melody, after reading Graham’s novels.

The song was made by and for Løvland himself and performed for the very first time at the funeral of Løvland’s mother.

You Raise Me Up

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
Until you come and sit awhile with me

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up’ To more than I can be

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up’ To more than I can be

There is no life ‘ no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up’ To more than I can be

You raise me up’ To more than I can be

 

You Raise Me Up – Secret Garden feat. Brian Kennedy ; The first public performance – I like the violin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UddLOA-QoqM

Brian Kennedy – You Raise Me Up | The Late Late Show | RTÉ One ; I Like the bagpipes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpW0w0YxCC4

Ghost In The Machinery

 

Spirit is matter seen in a stronger light.— L. P. Jacks

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between work and play.” — L. P. Jacks

“The mechanical mind has a passion for control – of everything except itself. Beyond the control it has won over the forces of nature it would now win control over the forces of society of stating the problem and producing the solution, with social machinery to correspond.” — L. P. Jacks

I don’t like the word “Spirit” because it has become an ambiguous and obscure religious concept. It is something that has been defined as being outside of myself. I pray to my ‘belief of God’ to give me a little more “Spirit”. I do this because I feel currently lacking in “Spirit”.

My definition of “Spirit” for this essay is “I am an essence from the Supreme One which inhabits a physical body at the center of my being”(Ghost In The Machinery) . The Supreme One has already given me access to Complete Collective Consciousness. There is no more that he/she can give to me. So where does this feeling of lack and limitation come from? This is what I call SIN Self-Induced-Nonsense.

My body and mind is like a rheostat.

A rheostat is a variable resistor which is used to control current. They are able to vary the resistance in a circuit without interruption. In practical terms I know this as a light dimmer switch.

I love the comparison of “Spirit” to electricity. My body/mind is like a rheostat for the “Spirit”. When a rheostat is turned down it does not change the full potential of current that is available; it only limits the amount of current that is able to flow; it provides a resistance to the flow. In the same manner my body/mind when it is turned down only limits the amount of “Spirit” that is able to flow, it provides a resistance to the flow.

Rubber band around the finger

As a child I can remember putting a rubber band tightly around a finger. The finger turned a purple color and I started to feel a numbness and tingling in the finger; illness. All I had to do is release the rubber band from around the finger and it quickly returned to normal; wellness. Did I consciously have to control the life process in me to bring wellness to the finger? No, I just had to remove the resistance to the flow. Health and wellness are endogenous (having an internal cause or origin)processes.

How do I turn the body/mind up is the real question?

There are two steps to solving this dilemma.

First, is to turn up the rheostat that I have. After I have done this for a while I will come to a realization that there are many resistances to the flow which I have created (SIN Self-Induced-Nonsense). The greatest resistance is thinking that I am only a body and mind. Other resistances are defining myself as weak, not spiritual, not good with people, etc. etc. etc.

Second, is to build a bigger rheostat. I need to remove the many resistances to the flow which I have created. The initial step is to forgive myself for creating such a small rheostat.

Forgiveness is a Process of Being

As I was forgiving myself I realized that forgiveness is a process of being – Matthew 6:9-15 Let this then be your prayer: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. Let your kingdom come. Let your pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth.  Give us this day bread for our needs. And make us free of our debts, as we have made those free who are in debt to us. And let us not be put to the test, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For if you let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will have forgiveness from your Father in heaven.  But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins. – I also needed to forgive each one of humankind for creating such a small rheostats. This creates a reverence for all human life; mine and others. Once I enter this collectiveness of humankind I also found a reverence for all life; I include all material things as life.

Only I can bring about forgiveness for my SIN Self-Induced-Nonsense “For if you let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will have forgiveness from your Father in heaven.  But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins”.

Unfortunately each one of us has our own perceptions of oneself, the world around us, and of “Spirit”; so I can not give any specific advice about how to discover the “Ghost In The Machinery”. What is most important to my life is what I experience within; each one of us has a unique path that only oneself can traverse.

Matthew 6:31-34  Then do not be anxious, saying, What may we eat? Or, what may we drink? Or, what may clothe us?  For after all these things the nations seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Then do not be anxious for tomorrow. For the morrow will be anxious of itself. Sufficient to each day is its own trouble.

righteousness – δικαιοσύνη dikaiosunē dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay From δίκαιος; equity (of character or act)

δίκαιος dikaios dik’-ah-yos ; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): – just, meet, right (-eous).

But seek first the kingdom of God and His being equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): – just, meet, right (-eous), and all these things will be added to you.

The One Thing You Really Need To Know In Life

Life is lived from the within to the without.

My biggest problem is I don’t even know the process of my existence. The energy that drives the process of life in me does not come from the food I eat. That energy is only used to build and keep the physical body running. There is an energy that I call “the ghost in the machinery” that keeps the process of life going in me. The body’s heart beats, lungs breathe, digestion occurs, and much more happens without my conscious intervention. How do I know and begin to understand “the ghost in the machinery”?

First I need to be in a deep meaningful dialog with myself.

I then need to assess what my skills and talents are.

When I know myself well I am ready to start exploring “the ghost in the machinery”.

I start with Genesis 1:1 the first two words:

ראשׁית rê’shîyth ray-sheeth’ the first principal thing

אלהים ‘ĕlôhîym el-o-heem’ the Supreme One

Eloheem is a plural masculine noun used with singular masculine verbs. This is contrary to rules of Hebrew grammar. The plural is used to show majesty, honor, or fullness. One not as a separate entity; but as Complete Collective Consciousness.

Genesis 1:1 Created by the Elohim were the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:2 Yet the earth became a chaos and vacant, and darkness was on the surface of the submerged chaos. Yet the spirit of the Elohim is vibrating over the surface of the water.
Genesis 1:3 And saying is the Elohim, “Become light!” And it is becoming light.

Spirit רוּח rûach roo’-akh wind, breath, a region of the sky, mind

Light אור ‘ôr ore illumination; to be or make luminous (be, give, or show light) enlightened, set on fire, shine.

Let enlightenment or illumination become; this is the first action of the Supreme One. This is the same principal that Buddha called enlightenment or illumination.

I see now that all creatures have perfect enlightenment – but they do not know it. Buddha

 

Imprisoned Splendor

Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise
From outward things, whate’er you may believe.
There is an inmost center in us all,
Where truth abides in fullness; and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error: and,

TO KNOW,

Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape,
Than in effecting an entry for a light
Supposed to be without.

– Robert Browning (1812-1889) from Paracelsus

 

Perception Cleansed

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

– William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

How do I open out a way Whence the imprisoned splendor may escape?

Exodus 3:13 Now Moses said to the One, Elohim: Behold! When I am coming to the sons of Israel, and I say to them, The Elohim of your fathers sends me to you, then they will say to me, What about His name? What shall I say to them?
Exodus 3:14 Then Elohim spoke to Moses: I shall come to be just as I am coming to be. And He said: Thus shall you say to the sons of Israel, I-Shall-Come-to-Be has sent me to you.

היה hâyâh haw-yaw’ to exist; that is, be or become, come to pass

I shall come to be just as I am coming to be היה hâyâh haw-yaw’ אשׁר ‘ăsher ash-er’ היה hâyâh haw-yaw’ a lot of translations read I AM that I AM.

The Hebrews repeated a word to make it superlative. Like Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace the mind stayed on You, for he trusts in You. שׁלום shâlôm shaw-lome’ meaning peace is repeated to mean perfect peace.

“I AM Being that is Becoming” is the very essence that the Supreme One placed within me. As I allow enlightenment or illumination to flow from within me to the without I also experience “I AM Being that is Becoming”.

THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE

John 8:32 “and you will come to know the Truth (Reality) by intimate experience, and the Truth (Reality) will liberate and make (set) you free!”

What is this truth?

I am an essence from the Supreme One which inhabits a physical body at the center of my being .

What is the nature of this freedom?

A lot of times I want to experience freedom “from” something. That is not the nature of this freedom.

This is the freedom “to be” whatever the Supreme One places in me. That essence or pattern of energy is my real identity. This is what I need to open up to. There were a lot of times in my life that I tried to pattern my life after someone else’s life; it never felt right trying to live someone else’s identity. The only way that my life can be fulfilled is by living the pattern of energy at the center of my being; using my unique skills and talents.

Opening up to my real identity means setting aside the physical body and mind; emptying myself of all my physical cares, and contemplating the wonder of “the ghost in the machinery”.

Luke 17:21 Neither will they say, Behold, it is here! or, behold, it is there! for behold, the kingdom of Elohim is within/among you.

This is a very interesting verse because it is using the singular and plural “you”; to tell me that the kingdom of Elohim is within/among you collectively. This means that “the ghost in the machinery” is a collective process; I like to call it Complete Collective Consciousness.

As I now contemplate the wonder of “the ghost in the machinery” I have to consider the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. This is not just about me! I have to open up to everything!

Genesis 1:2 Yet the earth became a chaos and vacant, and darkness was on the surface of the submerged chaos. Yet the spirit of the Elohim is vibrating over the surface of the water.
Genesis 1:3 And saying is the Elohim, “Become light!” And it is becoming light.

Genesis 1:2-3 is the perfect visualization for contemplating “the ghost in the machinery” I must travel to “a chaos and vacant, and darkness was on the surface of the submerged chaos”. I must join as “the spirit of the Elohim is vibrating over the surface of the water”. Then Elohim will say “Become light!” and I am becoming light.

PopPops Crockpot Roast Pork

PopPops Crockpot Roast Pork

Ingredients:

4-5 lbs. pork roast
2-48 oz. containers chicken broth
4-6 medium yellow onions
½ head of celery ribs
8-10 carrots
3 apples quartered
4 tbl. KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce (to taste)
1 tbl. Granulated garlic
Butter
Old Bay Seasoning (to taste)

Directions:

Get out your 8 quart crock pot, pour in chicken broth, and set to high. Put KC Masterpiece Barbeque Sauce, and granulated garlic in crock pot.

Slice pork roast into 1” thick slices, brown on two sides in a cast iron fry pan, and place in crock pot.

Dice up onions, top half of head of celery ribs (leaves and all), brown in a cast iron fry pan, near the end of browning sprinkle Old Bay Seasoning on top, and place in crock pot.

Slice carrots on top of everything in crock pot, put on lid, and cook for a minimum of 6 hours. Note put a tooth pick or other spacer under one edge of the lid or it will spray on your counter.

This stock makes excellent gravy; thicken with corn starch or flour browned in butter.

Serve carrots as a side dish and serve roast pork on a meat platter.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Don’t Take Anything Personally

A different “take” on the second of The Four Agreements.

First, I have several times referred to living our life as making a movie. This movie is a virtual reality of what we experience internally as we move through our life. The word “take” is a very appropriate word to describe each experience that we record. A “take” is literally “a scene or sequence of sound or vision photographed or recorded continuously at one time”.

Definition of take
verb
1. lay hold of (something) with one’s hands; reach for and hold.
Similar: lay hold of, take hold of, get hold of, get into one’s hands, grasp, grip, clasp, clutch, grab
Opposite: give
2. remove (someone or something) from a particular place.
Similar: remove, pull, draw, withdraw, extract, fish, confiscate, take possession of
Opposite: give
noun
1. a scene or sequence of sound or vision photographed or recorded continuously at one time.
Similar: scene, sequence, filmed sequence, clip, part, segment
2. an amount of something gained or acquired from one source or in one session.
Similar: catch, haul, bag, yield, net, revenue, income, gain

Second, I wish to differentiate between “I” and “me”.

“I” exists separate from the physical body. It is a detached observer or witness for the body. It is non-judgmental and will step aside and allow the “me” to experience anything that it chooses and have an opportunity to learn any lessons that accompany the experience.

“Me” is the physical body. It has five senses that are recording devices that operate continuously. It sees itself as the center of everything and creates expectations, judgments, and labels so that everything will serve it’s purposes.

Now, if “me” would just record reality as it truly exists I would have a most wonderful true-to-life movie. But, no “me” wants to assign “anything” (a part or script) to everything it values in the “take”. Of what does “anything” consist? It consists of expectations, judgments, and labels.

The most direct assignment of expectations, judgments, and labels is the one that “me” gives to itself in the “take” .

The next assignment of expectations, judgments, and labels is the one that “me” gives to other humans in the “take” .

The last assignment of expectations, judgments, and labels is the one that other humans give to “me” in the “take”.

Now, this is just one “take”. In the next “take” “me” and the other humans may have a whole new assignment of expectations, judgments, and labels that everyone wants to change in the script!

Each other human is a “me” that wants to assign “anything” (a part or script) to everything they value in their “take”. Their movie is a virtual reality of what they experience internally as they move through their lives.

Are you beginning to see how chaotic this scene is becoming? We haven’t even gotten to the “personally” part yet!

Then we add “personally” (emotions and feelings) to the scene. Somewhere among the lines each “me” has decided that it needs to be in control and is responsible for everyone in the scene. Everyone wants to be a director. A plethora of negative emotions and feelings arises and conflict is the result. Sounds like a typical scene from the world I live in.

How do I get out of this dilemma? This is what the “I” is for. As a detached observer or witness for the body it allows me to review what is going on inside of my mind where the movie recording is taking place. It allows me to freeze the frames of my movie to understand what is causing the emotions and feelings in my interactions with myself and others. All of my suffering is caused by my accepting all of the expectations, judgments, and labels that I have placed on myself and my accepting all of the expectations, judgments, and labels that others have placed on me.

This becoming a detached observer or witness for the body is what mystics called “awakening”. Before I used this practice I was actually sleepwalking through life; not really understanding and just reacting to the expectations, judgments, and labels that I have accepted from myself and others.

This becoming a detached observer or witness for the body allows me to unlearn my errors.

“The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue.” Antisthenes

“When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.” Henry David Thoreau

“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” Lao Tzu

“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” Bruce Lee

“The more you possess the more slavery you create around yourself. Freedom comes when you unlearn possessiveness.” Osho

“Do not store in your brain useless information. Unlearn whatever has been of no use to you. Then only can you fill your mind with great thoughts.” Sivananda

The Ins and Outs of Choice

 

The In’s and Out’s of Choice

Choice consists of two parts; inner and outer. The inner part is intention and the outer part is action.

Intention is about why you take an action. Intention is the non-physical component of choice. Intention can be defined with words like mission, purpose, and reason.

Action is about what you want to do, where you want to do it, and when you want to do it. Action is the physical component of choice. Action can be defined with words like behavior, conduct, and deed.

Let’s take a look at how one action can have different intentions. You might choose to be a Doctor to heal people or to get a high paying job. You might choose to give to a charity to feed people or to get an income tax deduction.

Luke 6:45  The good man brings forth good out of the good treasure of his heart. And the evil man brings forth evil out of the evil treasure of his heart, for his mouth speaks out of the abundance of his heart.

A person’s intention, for any action, is based on the treasures of their heart. Intention is all about the value a person imbues into an action.

Is it possible for any action to have either good or evil intentions behind it?

Can a person have a good intention behind an action toward another and can the other perceive the action as evil?

What about taking an action without deliberately choosing an intention? After doing this myself many times, I hear myself say “I had no idea that would happen.” When you don’t deliberately choose an intention anything can happen. You take a rash action based on a rash intention which your subconscious mind chose based on your emotions at the moment. Sounds like a really poor recipe for success.

Taking an action without deliberately choosing an intention is like giving an accident an opportunity to happen. Distracted driving is the most common cause of road accidents in the United States, resulting in more crashes every year than speeding, drunk driving, and other major accident causes. If the distracted drivers had the intention of driving carefully fully aware of their surroundings, their rate of accidents would be greatly reduced.

So Choice should be done consciously and intentionally.

This makes life so simple; make as many choices in a conscious and intentional fashion as you can.

Simple but not easy.